Our Executive Director
Debbie Posnien was called to join the Suicide Prevention Network (SPN) in 2007 to help address the high rate of suicide in Douglas County. Her experience as a Pastoral Associate and Director of Religious Education at Saint Gall Catholic Church for 20 years provided a great background for her role as Executive Director for SPN.
In her work with Saint Gall, she handled parish needs including family programs, teen retreats and prayer services. She visited hospitals, care facilities, the county jail and Nevada State prisons and is still very involved in making these visits today.
Another big part of her ministry was guiding families through the grieving process before and after the death of a loved one. She planned and worked with families as she made the funeral arrangements, while providing spiritual and emotional counseling for all families needs.
Debbie was born in San Francisco and moved to the Carson Valley where she was raised and has never left. She has been married to Kim for more than 40 years, raised two daughters and is now the very proud Nonie of four grandchildren.
She has the compassion for saving lives, and is responsible for the daily operations of SPN, bringing awareness and prevention of suicide to all residents of Douglas County. Debbie is busy giving presentations throughout the valley and speaks about suicide awareness to all service groups, businesses, community members, law enforcement, first responders, educators, parents and clergy.
Debbie works collaboratively with other mental health providers as well as other community agencies. She trains and educates these agencies to provide services and referrals to clients. Debbie is also the facilitator of the survivor’s support group for families and friends who have lost a loved one to suicide and one of the facilitators for the newly established PTSD support group.
Debbie believes her work in the community must continue each day to bring awareness of suicide to everyone. Suicide is preventable and must be discussed! Suicide is everyone’s business and everyone can help!